Erin Cain

Erin Cain

Flemington, NJ, US



I am a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.  Through my years at Notre Dame, I have learned the craft of architecture and studied the components of what makes a great building.  I have worked on individual projects, honing my own personal technique, sense of design, and attention to detail, and I have also spent a great deal of time within collaborative group settings, adding to the shared sense of creative energy.  I have interned at an architecture firm where I was able to experience a professional environment firsthand.  I have been fortunate enough to spend a year studying in Rome, a city rooted in an incredible sense of history and brimming with its own particular sort of charm.  My travels abroad have really shaped me as a person and as an architect, not only by allowing me to experience great architecture firsthand but also by introducing me to new cultures and perspectives, challenging me to examine where I fit into the world at large.


Beyond architecture, I have always had a passion for writing and storytelling, and at Notre Dame, I’ve contributed to on-campus publications (you can see one of my short stories here) and have placed in the Notre Dame Literary Festival.  Music has also been an important part of my life.  On campus, I was first chair flute in Notre Dame’s Symphonic Winds, and I was part of the CORE Leadership Team in the Band of the Fighting Irish.  As a creative spirit, I am drawn to many different artistic pursuits.  It is this sense of creativity that originally led me to study architecture, which marries artistic vision with the practicality of a built environment.  Now that I have graduated, I am eager to use my talents and skills to meet the creative challenges of the professional world.



Notre Dame Office of Student Admissions, Tour Guide

Represented the University by interacting with students and families

Aug 2009 - May 2011

Martin A. DeSapio Architects, Intern Architect

Reviewed drawings and documented project changes in CAD files
Updated company webpage to reflect recent projects
Participated in an on-site visit with construction team
Photographed finished buildings to be displayed on company webpage

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

Martin A. DeSapio Architects, Intern Architect

Formed a client directory to attract new business
Assisted architects with CAD drawings of construction details
Attended company training seminars (LEED, construction processes, code)

Jul 2007 - Aug 2007

Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, Intern

Assisted architects and gained working knowledge of an architecture firm
One week internship/shadowing experience following high school graduation

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006


University of Notre Dame, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2011


Semifinalist, Walt Disney Imagineering ImagiNations Competition 2011, Honorable Mention

Worked within a two-person team to design South American land in Animal Kingdom
Placed 13th out of 160 submissions


Notre Dame Reilly Scholar, Award

Academically recruited as part of the top 5% of admitted students


Areas of Specialization 


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